Opening the coffers for Linux
IBM reports that in response to high double-digit growth in 2004 in the number of customers deploying IBM collaboration software on the Linux platform, including WebSphere Portal, Lotus Notes/Domino and IBM Workplace, it plans to invest $100 million over three years to expand Linux support in its Workplace portfolio.
The company says the investment will be focused on:
- ISV support programs,
- channel and partner enablement and promotion,
- research and development,
- sales and marketing, and
- technology and integration centers.
IBM says its Workplace server-managed client model enables customers to centrally manage and deploy business applications and data to a range of devices as needed—from traditional desktops and laptops to shop-floor terminals, PDAs and cell phones. IBM Workplace Client Technology enables products and applications to run on a variety of operating systems, including Linux, which provides an additional choice for customers looking for a client-side Linux solution.